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December 1, 2017

OP-ED | On Crumbling Foundations, Connecticut Shows a Bipartisan Streak

by Terry Cowgill | December 1, 2017 5:30am

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If there’s any better proof that safety in numbers can bring people together, then I don’t know where it is. Last year we learned that anywhere from hundreds to perhaps tens of thousands of homeowners — most of them in northern and eastern Connecticut — have the misfortune of owning homes whose foundations are crumbling.

As of almost a year ago, more than 500 homeowners had complained to the state Department of Consumer Protection, though the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis thinks the number of homes at risk could be anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000. And the cost of replacing a foundation — involving as it does the lifting of the house and the demolition of the old foundation — can run $200,000 or more.

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November 30, 2017

Tax Debate In Washington Could Impact Relief for Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Christine Stuart | November 30, 2017 2:46pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations will be watching the U.S. Senate’s debate on tax policy very closely because it could impact their ability to seek relief.

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November 27, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Republicans Look For Tax Cut Victory

by Peter Urban | November 27, 2017 3:01pm

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President Donald Trump will drop in on the Senate Republican’s weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday to make the case for action on legislation to overhaul the federal tax code which Trump claims is needed to expand the nation’s economy.

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November 22, 2017

Finally, Some Good News For Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Christine Stuart | November 22, 2017 1:26pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Thanksgiving came early for thousands of Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations.

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November 21, 2017

Democrats Seek To Hold Connecticut Republicans Accountable For Congressional Tax Proposals

by Christine Stuart | November 21, 2017 3:56pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s Senate Democratic leadership wants Connecticut Republicans who don’t speak up about their party’s tax reform plans in Washington to be held accountable, if the “punitive” tax changes end up becoming law.

At a Legislative Office Building press conference, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said Connecticut Republicans might not have a vote on the issue, but “it comes down to whether or not they support the Trump tax cuts and are they using their bully pulpit like we’re using our bully pulpit to sound the alarm on what this will do to our state.”

He said they want to make sure Connecticut voters are talking about what the tax changes would mean for a majority of the state’s middle class.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Lead Debate On Fixing NICS

by Christine Stuart | November 21, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — For the first time in five years since the Sandy Hook school shooting, there seems to be a bill that both sides of the gun debate can support.

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November 17, 2017

DC News Junkie | Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 5:49pm

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Blumenthal Calls Al Franken Behavior ‘Repugnant’

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 5:02pm

CHRISTINE STUART / CTNEWSJUNKIE Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Minnesota Senator Al Franken had engaged in “repugnant” behavior during a 2006 USO tour when he is accused of forcibly kissing and groping a fellow female performer.

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Defense Authorization Bill Clears Congress

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 4:49pm

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The House and Senate this week sent a final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the President’s desk.

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Murphy Orchestrates Breakthrough On Gun Issue

by Peter Urban | November 17, 2017 4:38pm

Peter Urban / CTNewsJunkie After years of failing to gain ground on any gun safety measure, Senator Chris Murphy appears to have scored at least a narrow victory this week.

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